New findings in psychology and neuroscience are pushing philosophers to rethink such big questions as the relationship between mind and body, the meaning of free will, just exactly what faith is, the nature of consciousness, and what constitutes happiness. There's some evidence that issues such as free will itself reflect temperament and personality. There's even more evidence that we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy, which is why we have such a hard time finding durable happiness.

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A Short History of Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
How love became the new religion.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Why Is There So Much Violence Today?

How can we get beyond this wave of violence? A new perspective can make all the difference.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.

Study Shows a Bias for Evidence of What We Want to Be True

New experimental findings suggest that we seek and stress corroborating evidence based on what we desire.

Does Google Know Your True Self?

Does your online behavior give a more accurate picture of you than your offline behavior? A new book raises some philosophical puzzles about the "true self."

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

Playing to Win: Should Youth Specialize in Sports?

Data show that more youth than ever train year-round for a single sport and travel to compete against higher-level teams. But is this good for kids?

A Possible Sign from God That He (It) Exists

By Izzy Kalman on June 14, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Could it be that a familiar cosmic illusion considered by scientists to be a pure coincidence is actually a clever sign from God to mankind that He exists?

My 20-Year Journey Toward a Unified Framework

A retrospective on my work toward a unified framework for psychology and psychotherapy.

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

A Writer's Manifesto

Using words to navigate an incoherent existence

The Three Hounds of Hell

Three forces deplete our well-being and that of our communities and countries.

Why Social Stigma Matters (Children's Edition)

Children are invoking Trump while engaging in bigoted harassment of classmates. What does this tell us about the role the current political climate plays in shaping our behavior?

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.

The End of Guilt

Has shame taken over from guilt as the marker of American culture? Or was guilt never very important in the first place?

How to Protect Yourself Against Pop Inspirational “wisdom"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
Nothing stunts our learning of practical wisdom like embracing half-wit wisdom masquerading as whole, universal wisdom.
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How Am I Doing at Life?

Our culture's gamification of life has led to an epidemic anxiety, ever-buzzing though often just beyond our consciousness.

The Deep Roots of Left vs. Right

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The fundamental distinction in politics as in life is between constraint and freedom. We need both.

How to Teach Kids Right From Wrong

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Trust
How to help kids tackle tricky situations.

Seeking Common Ground 3: Reasserting the American Commitment

The challenge—for both blue and red—is to abandon the noisy rhetoric and to consider, earnestly, how personal and public good can be integrated.

A Periodic Table of Behavior for Psychology

The Tree of Knowledge System provides psychologists (and scientists in general) with a new Periodic Table of Behavior.

Of Gods and Burqas: on Seeing a Student in a Burqa

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
We are losing the fight between religion and both science and morality. The ghost of Orwell smiles.

Psychology of Peak Performance, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Boundless
Endurance athletes teach lessons about mental toughness for everyone.
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There Are Choices No One Should Ever Have to Face

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in I'm Only Human
The American Health Care Act might seem attractive because it would offer people choices. But it would actually force some people to choose between two unthinkable options.

Happy If—Happy When: Why Write a Musical?

I am writing a musical called Happy If—Happy When about two artists and their five children who move from the city to a farm in the country. Why write a musical?

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.